Image:Symonds, John Addington.jpg|thumb|Symonds, picture for Walt Whitman, dated 1889
File:John Addington Symonds (poet) by Myers.jpg|thumb|Symonds by Eveleen Tennant
File:John Addington Symonds (poet) by Orsi.jpg|thumb|Symonds by Carlo Orsi
'''John Addington Symonds''' (; 5 October 1840 – 19 April 1893) was an English poet and literary critic. A cultural historian, he was known for his work on the Renaissance
, as well as numerous biographies of writers and artists. Although he married and had a family, he was an early advocate of homosexuality|male love
(homosexuality), which he believed could include pederasty|pederastic
as well as gay|egalitarian
relationships, referring to it as ''l'amour de l'impossible'' (love of the impossible).
He also wrote much poetry inspired by his homosexual affairs.